Margaret L. Ebert

Ebert, Margaret L. DELMAR Margaret Louise Weber Ebert died peacefully at her home in Delmar on February 6, 2014 at the age of 102. She was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minn. Margaret graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1933 and subsequently was a lifelong and active member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), with a specific focus on their "Semantics" study group. Margaret married Clayton E. Ebert on October 28, 1936. They settled in Gary, Ind. where Clayton was employed as a metallurgical engineer with U.S. Steel. Margaret had a personal warmth, a joy of life and an intellectual curiosity that made her loved by all who knew her. She was passionate about art, music and above all theater. While in Gary, she became interested in UNICEF and supported their work for many years by assisting in the sale of UNICEF Christmas cards every holiday season. In 1960, she and Clayton moved to Bettendorf, Iowa. There too she was an integral part of the community, active in the anti-war movement, a delegate to the Iowa Caucus, volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels and she was an enthusiastic member of the Bettendorf Library Book Club for the 40 years she lived in Iowa. She was fond of cross country skiing, a winter past-time she enjoyed into her late 80's. A lifelong lover of nature, she was an avid hiker, bird watcher and sailor. She rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in her 60's. An enthusiastic traveler, she visited Italy, Russia, Africa, S. Korea and Guatemala on a bird watching expedition. In 2001, Margaret moved to Delmar, to be closer to her children, Anne and Peter. Margaret was the daughter of the late Anna and William S. Weber, sister of the late Edward P.(Prisilla) Weber and the wife of the late Clayton E. Ebert. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anne E. and James R. Williams and son and daughter-in-law, Peter T. and Judith P. Ebert. She was grandmother of Matthew N. (Bong-jo Kang) Williams, Kathleen Le Forestier (Mark Call), David C. (Mary Austin) Williams and Kathryn Warren Ebert and great-grandmother of Ubin Williams, Cole and Claire Le Forestier and Kyle, Christian and Katheryn Williams. The family would like to give special thanks to her long term caregivers, especially Nadene Washington, Vilma Schultz and Rybia Hashmi, for their wonderful care and compassion, treating her as part of their families for all or part of the last eight years. The family would also like to thank Community Hospice of Albany for their support and guidance. There will be a small private service for the family held and a more formal memorial later in Minnesota. Those wishing to remember Margaret in a special way may make a memorial contribution to UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York , NY 10038 or the Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd, Albany, NY 12205.

Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 22, 2014